City COVID-19 Response Meeting, July 6 2020

The weekly supervisor’s meeting was held Monday, July 6 at the Clinton Fire Station. Those in attendance were D.L. Webb, Richard McCormac, Tim Clark, John Willoughby, Charles Wilson, Chad Brown, and Jason Hayes.

Chief Webb reported that the current active number of COVID-19 cases were at two for Van Buren County. Chad Brown noted that Governor Hutchinson had given municipalities the right to enact mandatory mask ordinances for their particular cities. Chief Webb acknowledged that and stated that while Northwest Arkansas had been a hot spot, central Arkansas could possibly be the next one. Chief John Willoughby said that enforcement of such a law could be difficult if individuals were adamant in not wearing a mask, but noted the city’s willingness in their compliance of using masks and social distancing over the past few months. Chief Webb agreed and complimented the local population in their efforts of distancing and proper hygiene and pointed out that the system in place seemed to be working fine for the city. The discussion ended with the supervisors agreeing that the current system of requesting masks and distancing was effective but acknowledged that the mayor and city council would make the final decision at such a time if needed.

Charles Wilson said that Archey Fest was successful with no major problems. The soap box derby was well received in the downtown area, and Paul Rhoda hopes to incorporate it into the car show next year. Carrie Renfrew said that the Chamber would like to continue to operate the concession stands for Archey Fest next year. Jason Hayes agreed with Charles Wilson and said that the fishing derby contestants caught approximately 150 fish and added that the prizes by drawing was extremely popular and wants to continue it in 2021.

Craig Clute will begin the baseball season Tuesday the 7th at 6pm with four games being played; Chief Webb said that he will supply the hand sanitizer for the dugouts and concession stands. Chief Webb, Clinton school board president, also acknowledged that the school year will begin August 13 with specifics from the Arkansas Department of Education still in the works.

Peggy Eoff is still waiting to hear from the Arkansas Department of Health regarding the status of the chuckwagon races but is very optimistic of their approval. Tim Clark and Charles Wilson will look at additional locations for the “trail ride to town” dinner that could allow for greater distancing for the participants. Chief Webb closed the meeting by reminding everyone that what the citizens are doing (being vigilant in their distancing and hygiene efforts) is keeping us all healthy. He urged everyone to keep up their good work and their guards up.

Please contact the city for all suggestions and concerns at any time at 501-253-0160. Thank you, Clinton Arkansas for your diligence and patience during this unique year. Please stay safe and healthy.

Richard McCormac